Library system improvements project

Young female student studying at the library

​We want to hear from you! Belle Haven Library survey


The City of Menlo Park is planning a new branch library to replace the old Belle Haven branch library. We’re reaching out to Menlo Park residents for your input. Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey. Your responses will help us better understand community needs, wishes and preferences for a new branch library. Thank you!

Take the survey

¡Queremos su opinion! Encuesta sobre la Biblioteca de Belle Haven

La ciudad de Menlo Park planifica construir una biblioteca nueva para remplazar la biblioteca vieja de Belle Haven. Queremos la opinión de los residentes de Menlo Park. Por favor tome unos minutos para contestar la siguiente encuesta. Sus respuestas nos ayudaran a comprender las necesidades, los deseos, y las preferencias de la comunidad para construir una biblioteca nueva. ¡Muchas Gracias!

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Facebook proposes to build a new library and community center in Belle Haven 


Facebook has offered to fully fund a "state-of-the-art, multi-generational" community facility in Menlo Park. The proposed new facility would include a senior center, youth center, recreation center, and branch library, among other amenities, and would be located in the Belle Haven neighborhood where the Onetta Harris Community Center is now. 

In a statement, Facebook said, "We believe this effort will strengthen the social fabric of our neighborhood for decades to come."

Facebook first informally announced their offer at a meeting of the Belle Haven Neighborhood Association on October 2, 2019. Facebook representatives subsequently announced their offer to the City Council during the City Council meeting on October 15. At that time, the City Council directed staff to work with Facebook to draft the initial details of a proposal, as well as a plan for including the community in the design process, and present them to City Council for review and possible approval. 

Additional details, including the dates of public meetings on this topic, will be posted here as they become available.

Belle Haven Library Space Needs Study - Complete


The City Council reviewed and accepted the completed Belle Haven Space Needs Assessment at their April 16, 2019, meeting. Thank you to all of the community members and stakeholders who gave their time and their valuable insights throughout the process.

Library Commission


The Library Commission will continue to review  and provide input throughout the Library System Improvements Project. The Commission meets on the third Monday of each month.

Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee


The Library Needs Assessment for the Belle Haven Neighborhood is complete. The Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee was formed to assist throughout the process.
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